DIY Home + Garden Decoy Strawberries

Published on April 7th, 2015 | by Crunchy Scott

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Keep birds away from strawberries with DIY decoy strawberries!

Having a tough time keeping the birds away from your strawberry patch? Decoy strawberries keep birds away from strawberries with homemade trickery.

Having a tough time keeping the birds away from your strawberry patch? Decoy strawberries keep birds away from strawberries with homemade trickery.
All birds are welcome in my garden. I feed them. I give them water. I let them taunt my cats who eyeball them through the bay window. The only issue I have with my feathered friends is that they refuse to share the strawberries I grow in my garden. Year after year, I watch my beautiful red fruits get gobbled up – leaving me jealous and a little peeved.

This year, I’ve got a plan. I’m going to trick those birdies with some decoy strawberries. Sounds a little strange, right? But I’ve been reading all about this and many home gardeners say it really does keep birds away from strawberries. And you know me, if I can work a craft project into my garden – I’m a happy crafter!

Keep birds away from strawberries: DIY decoy strawberries!

Supplies

Keep birds away from strawberries with DIY decoy strawberries!

Directions

  1. Head outside and collect a few strawberry-sized rocks. If they’re not exactly the size and shape of a strawberry, that’s OK. I think the lumpy-bumpy rocks turn out pretty darn cute.
  2. Wash and dry the rocks.
  3. Paint the rocks red. No need to paint the underside because that part will be sitting on the dirt. I gave my rocks two coats of red.
  4. When the red paint is dry, paint green leaves on the top of each rock.
  5. Dip the bottom of your paintbrush into yellow paint. Dab it onto the rocks to look like seeds.
  6. Let your rocks dry completely before putting outside.

Keep birds away from strawberries with DIY decoy strawberries!

Here’s How You Use Your Decoy Strawberries

Long before your real strawberries start to ripen, place the decoys around your plant. Make sure they’re visible to the birds. The birds will think your rocks are ripened strawberries and they’ll make several attempts to eat them. Sorry guys – but these decoys ain’t so sweet!

By the time your real strawberries get all plump and juicy, the birds will have become so annoyed by the decoys that they won’t  even bother with your real harvest. Is that a good idea or what?!

Keep birds away from strawberries with DIY decoy strawberries!

 


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I'm a self-proclaimed eco-geek. I'm also a flexitarian foodie, a crunchy crafter and an eco-journalist. And if it's awesomely 80s, I'm into it. Oh, and I wrote a kids book too! Find me on and . Wow, I'm everywhere! So come find me.



One Response to Keep birds away from strawberries with DIY decoy strawberries!

  1. Morgan says:

    This is a perfect idea for gardens! It’s also a craft project that you can invite kids to participate in, and keeping kids busy is always a good thing.

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